His praise for Alex Ferguson reflects badly on Mourinho, who is under growing pressure to improve results at Old Trafford as Zinedine Zidane waits in the wings.
However, the midfielder also insisted both he and Mourinho are committed to the cause and share the focus of winning with Manchester United.
"But it is early in the season [for United]. too early to tell", he said.
"I like Mourinho. He has a good personality but not for United - they should have [Pep] Guardiola as coach", Cantona said in an exclusive interview with the Mail on Sunday.
Whether the end game is created to deliver a lucrative new contract at United to take him beyond Alexis Sanchez, who is doing little to justify his £400,000-a-week salary as the club's highest earner, or secure a big money move elsewhere remains to be seen, but when the time comes for United to make a decision, it won't be Mourinho's to make. "No fun, no creativity".
There is perhaps no player better suited to give insight into Mourinho's methods and what keeps his unpredictable former coach happy.
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"I do think he'll bring success to United, but it needs patience". He is the spiritual child of Johan Cruyff - he played under Cruyff at Barcelona and learned everything from him.
Juve would have to agree to sell highly-rated attacker Dybala, who is rumoured to be valued at around £110m - more than the amount United would want for Pogba.
"Listen. I joke about Manchester City but they are playing great football", he added.
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